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“Bright Star can be for a new graduate or teacher, or a congratulatory gift to a friend or child; she can be a sparkly angel for the Nativity at Christmas time. Her star can reflect the shining personality or inner beauty of the receiver."
a time to reflect, a time to soarSoar$21.00Description
“The gesture of the figure and the bird communicates forward movement... being uplifted, moving onward; a release of hopes, dreams and spirit; of new beginnings and of endings; in celebration of a life... or in anticipation of a life together.
“This piece could be a way to express best wishes to someone who is taking a new path in life; on a road to recovery from illness or toward self-improvement... A hopeful symbol of peace for military families awaiting the return of their solders... An expression of sympathy to someone who has lost a loved one.”
“The sentiment refers to the song Turn, Turn, Turn, written by Pete Seeger in 1959, adapted from the Book of Ecclesiastes. In the song, there’s a contrast in each example...‘A time to be born/die, plant/reap, laugh/weep’ and so on. I like the lyrical, repetitive nature of the phrasing.
“At significant milestones, we often pause and reflect before moving forward, so ‘a time to reflect, a time to soar’ seemed like a nice expression for this piece.”
FREE to sing, laugh, dance... create!Happiness$22.00Description
“I hope this piece is very open to viewer interpretation. For me, it is the pure joy that comes from creating — in all of its forms. A side note … I love bluebirds.”
Open books, open mindsLove of Learning$20.00Description
A lifelong love of learningWisdom$20.00Description
“I wanted her to be very quiet, contemplative, calming … to exude a quiet happiness, contentment from within. My mom is the inspiration for this piece. She was a teacher most of her life. And she continues to pursue many, varied interests through reading and learning. She always read to us while we were growing up — and encouraged us to read. Even now at 82, she is reading to others through Books on Tape. With her lifelong love of learning, she continues to open the world — to herself and others.”
May all your senses be filled with healing graceLavender Grace$23.00Description
“A field of lavender never fails to take my breath away. You experience lavender through all your senses – not only its aromatic fragrance, but its pure visual beauty... its form is uplifting, and the color is gorgeous. In any garden, it’s a standout. It even tastes good! Speaking as a gardener, lavender is just good for the soul – and so, it heals. I wanted this piece to be a healing piece. But it also could be seen as a piece about strength. She’s looking up; her stance is strong and uplifted, like lavender. I named her Lavender Grace... perhaps she could remind you of someone who exemplifies a life of beauty and grace.”
You're simply a joy in my lifeSimple Joys$23.00Description
“I like to walk in the tangles of my garden and discover little jewels that pop up or volunteer through the weeds. Usually not planned or cultivated, these colorful surprises never fail to make me smile. Like a spur-of-the-moment visit from a good friend who makes me laugh, these spontaneous happenings, however simple, can bring so much joy.”
You have a radiant inner light
"I was sculpting this piece at the time of the Winter Olympics. I was inspired by the strength and perseverance of young female competitors in figure skating, snowboarding, skiing... their confidence exudes with every gesture and movement, literally shining with happiness and pride. We all have the capacity to shine from within, so I wanted this figure to be a reminder of our own inner strength.
"Shine could be a congratulatory piece for a milestone reached, or a healing piece to show support and belief in someone. I wanted the form to be visually uplifting... a little reminder of personal goals, met. I embellished the surface with gold to suggest inner light and energy."
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Submitted by Patricia Berger in Newark, OH, October 2016
The most meaningful piece to me is SHINE. I lost my husband 10 years ago and was raising a grandson with emotional problems. I had been struggling for 9 years financially, physically and emotionally. I just walked through my days but with no real joy. One day I decided I needed to make some changes. I started dieting, going to the gym and dyed my hair purple. The more changes I made the more alive I felt. Right at that time a friend of 62 years sent me SHINE as a gift. It spoke to me as I felt I was coming out of a fog and once again shining.Read More >
Submitted by Erin in Arizona, October 2016
I was diagnosed with leukemia three years ago and had my second stem cell transplant last year. While in the hospital, I wasn't able to see my then three year old daughter because I was immunocompromised. She has been my reason to fight and to live during this trial and as soon as I saw Shine, it reminded me so much of her in both appearance and spirit. I kept her (Shine) with me throughout my hospital stay and she now sits on my nightstand to always remind me of the strength of both my daughter and myself.Read More >
Submitted by Alisa Gunter in Illinois, October 2016
"Shine" is my new favorite. She inspires me to look into my self and into others, and see what lies beneath! It is not just what is on the outside that makes us beautiful, it is from deep in the soul. From USA, IllinoisRead More >
Submitted by Julia in Sea Isle City, New Jersey, August 2016
It was my boyfriend's mom's birthday and I noticed she colleced these angel figurines. I went to the store and bought her one and she was so excited when she opened it. A few days later I went to visit my aunt who had been battling cancer for 13 years and had taken a turn for the worse. My family took turns spending time with her, helping to take care of her, and just enjoying time with her. I noticed she had a whole bunch of Willow Tree angels as well and I told her how I had just bought one. I noticed she had this big one with blue on the dress and it was gorgeous. I said "Wow where did you get that one!" and she said, "Don't touch it! I had to track that one down and it took me months to get it, it's my favorite one." Sadly my aunt passed just two days before my birthday and it has now turned into 4 months later. My cousin called and said she was giving away some of the Willow Tree angels and we could pick one if we liked, but the blue "Shine" angel was off limits, which I sadly understood and agreed. Today when I got home from work my boyfriend's mom told me she had a surprise for me. She handed me a box and explained she was in the mall, saw the Willow Tree angels, thought of my aunt, then saw a spark of color. Never had she seen one with coloring before except for the picture I sent her of my aunt's. There was one left and she knew it was a sign from my Aunt Cindy and she bought it for me. Now I have my own collection of Willow Tree Angels, "Loving Angel" which is my Aunt Cindy's and "Shine" from my boyfriend's mom because she knew how much it meant to me because it was my Aunt's favorite and we were very close. Thank you for sending me a small memory of my sweet aunt when creating this beautiful angel. It means the world to me.Read More >
Submitted by Neha Saravanan in India, January 2016
Hello Ms.Susan This is Neha,India. When we toured Europe during Christmas'15 we visited Black Forest,Germany and there at a shop with the Cuckoo Clock Factory we were glancing at all these amazing articles and antiques in the same shop, but something caught my eyes. It was a showcase presented with Willow Tree Collections only, and I showed it to my mother who was attracted to it too. Then while thinking about buying one of the pieces, we were interested in almost all the pieces, but something struck at us deeper and emotionally. It was this Signature Collection-Shine. And when we looked at the little display card on it's side saying 'you have a radiant inner light' we were absolutely sure about buying it. One of the reasons for totally being into it was that they all had a shaded visage which I interpret as reflecting your own face on the idol. It was not fixed up on any one face only, which I must acknowledge as one of the distinctions of The Willow Tree Collections and also as a viewpoint in light of a good gifting idea or a hobby idea for collecting more and more. And I am definitely planning to share about Willow Tree to all my friends and family.My mom and I are sure about venturing more into the Willow Tree tradition.Thank you so much for bringing up such an initiative and for actually being able to materialize it too. yours faithfully NehaRead More >
Submitted by Veyatie in Maine, April 2015
Recently I was offered a new job within my company which meant I would be leaving my current office and relocating to one nearby. I have always found there are connections made with people you work with every day. One co-worker describes it as 'One Big Disfunctional Family' that still respects and cares about each other. I was buying thank you cards for my co-workers and stumbled upon a Willow Tree display at the store I was at. My eyes immediately went to 'Shine'. The raised hand reminded me of always reaching for new knowledge and in the last few years or so I have made personal strides personally and emotionally. I feel more like I am coming into my own more than ever! My co-workers gave me a generous card with some money and gifts. I had one stipulation with my gift - spend it on myself. They knew I was thinking of what I could get for my daughter or other family members, or to pay on a bill. I remembered the statue and it was perfect. 'Shine' made me smile; it reminded me I truly can do anything I set myself to and that there are people there to help me achieve my goals. I shine because I am enriched by everyone I know.Read More >
Submitted by Erin in United States, April 2015
I was recently diagnosed with relapsed leukemia, and while browsing my local Hallmark store for a thank you gift for my caregiver, I spotted Shine. She perfectly embodies the "tadaaaa" persona of my three year old down to the same hair cut and color. The blue on the dress even matches her eyes. I had to have her- it was like she was created just for me! I have countless photographs that I will hang in my hospital room, finger paintings and crayon drawings, but none capture the spirit of my girl quite like this piece. I'll have her right at my bedside in the hospital when I can't have my daughter with me.Read More >
- Name: Shine
- Materials: resin
- Measurements: 8"h
- Applied gold leaf. Interior packaging: recyclable paper pulp
- Sentiment: You have a radiant inner light
- Dust with soft cloth or soft brush. Avoid water or cleaning solvents.